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Guest Blog:  Step it Up Dance – sorry grown-ups, this cool urban dance class is for the Kids!! By Lisa McLeod of Step it Up Dance

I often get messages inviting me to try new fitness classes or therapies, but as I read further into Lisa McLeod’s message about ‘Step it Up Dance’ I quickly came to a realisation….. even though I’m only 5 foot 3, I don’t think I could sneak myself into a Kid’s dance class!!  But these classes sound so amazing and I think it’s really important to get kids into a fitness routine at an early age and to teach them that fitness can be fun so, since I’m a little too old to qualify for a Kid’s class, the next best thing was for Lisa (one of the dance instructors) to write a guest post letting us all know about the great work that Step it Up Dance does.  And, Lisa’s also given us a BONUS!  At the end of the post there is a link to download their own e-book, ‘An A-Z of the Benefits of Dance’.  So if you have kids or friends with kids – please have a read and pass it along.

Thanks Lisa, for telling us all about Step It Up Dance….

Step It Up Dance is an urban dance company launched in Edinburgh with recent expansion into Glasgow. We offer Hip Hop and Breakdance classes and award-winning parties within communities, nurseries and schools from age 18 months to teens. Our aim is to encourage children to enjoy dance and exercise and help them discover how fun it can be. Step It Up Dance is all about creating a positive, happy, safe and creative environment for the children to come back to our classes week after week.

Step It Up Dance was launched in 2012 by Niki Hutchison.


Over the years, the company has grown from 3 dance classes per week to now offering over 100 in various styles, all taught by her fantastic team of highly qualified and experienced teachers. Niki and her team work closely together in order to make sure classes are always engaging and innovative as possible.

Niki Hutchison has a background in event management and marketing and is responsible for the day-to-day running and development of the company. Niki has organised and run all manner of events from children’s parties and summer camps through to The Official MTV Music Awards Aftershow Party for Edinburgh so you can rest assured that all Step It Up Dance events and classes will be highly organised.

Step It Up Dance also work with Active schools offering a combination of dance styles such as Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Funky fitness as well as now offering sports. The company has developed a Hip Hop syllabus for nursery children aged 18 months – 5 years which applies the principles from the Scottish Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage and Curriculum for Excellence. These classes help to develop children’s co-ordination, strength, flexibility and most of all their confidence and self esteem.

We love to stay busy, so Step It Up Dance also host award winning fun, active parties. We have our Easter and Summer camps, as well as running an interactive dance show at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival every August.

We have recently developed our own e-book, ‘An A-Z of the Benefits of Dance’. The aim is is to help to educate both adults and children on the many reasons why dance is a great activity for kids. You can download this e-book for free here! ….

e-Book: A-Z of Dance Benefits

If you have 2 minutes to spare, please have a peek at our new website: For any further information please email:

Step It Up Dance group pic


Step It Up Dance Company

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